Is it just me or is traveling draining? When I was younger, I would be able to travel here and there with no worries in the world. But now, I need a day of rest just from traveling. Whether I am driving in a car or plane, I have noticed my body needs the rest. I am not sure if it is because I am older now and my body is handling things differently. But now I have had to create a regimen to help me when I travel. By following these simple five steps, it has helped prepare my mind, body and soul for travel days.
Step one: The day before I travel, I need to drink at least six cups of water. I know, I know, the recommended amount of water you are supposed to drink is 8 cups, but the way my taste buds are set up, I like to keep my lemonade, wine and vodka tonics on deck. So, when I drink my six cups of water the day before, I notice how moisturized my skin feels the next day. When your skin is dry, it can crack and leave your pores open for you to catch an airborne disease. Which leads me to step two.
Step Two: One thing that has helped me when traveling on a plane is carrying a packet of Airborne. If you have never tried it, you should give it a shot. It tastes like flavored sparkling water, so it is not as bad as you think. If you have ever been pregnant before and had to take the glucose drink, then you can chug down some Airborne. Airborne is a dietary supplement that helps improve your immune system so that your body can help fight off germs. I like to have a glass of Airborne the day before and the day of a trip on the plane. It makes my day so much easier.
Step three: Get plenty of sleep the night before. My father always told me to never fall asleep when someone else is driving the car. I am not saying I never have (especially on those girl trips with 1-2 hours of sleep,) but I do not like doing it and I highly don’t recommend it. As much as the person tells you that it is okay for you to take a nap, try not to. It is better to have four eyes on the road instead of two. Getting plenty of sleep the night before makes you alert and more aware of your surroundings. If you need to, a quick power nap on the plane can give you a boost of energy.
Step four: Pack everything that you need, one week ahead of your travel time. I have friends who pack 1-2 days before they travel and are frazzled the day of. They can not focus on the moment because they are anxious that they have forgotten something important. By creating a checklist prior to packing and then packing your items, it releases any stress and relieves your mind from doubt and anxiety. You can relax and enjoy the moment.
Step five: Meditate the morning of your travel day. Meditation has really helped me clear my mind and has helped me focus a lot more throughout the day. My mind is much clearer and lessens my anxiety. Did I tell you I have some serious anxiety when it comes to things like heights?!?! Mediating has really helped me mentality and physically.
Now that I have shared with you my five-step travel regimen, I hope it helps you as much it has helped me when traveling. My travel days have improved, and I feel my body, mind and soul has benefited from having this regimen.